The Minister of Aviation Joseph Kofi Adda has said the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) is financially constrained due to the servicing of loans secured for the construction of the state-of-the-art Terminal 3 (T3) at Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
The $250 million T3 projects partly funded by the African Development Bank was to ease pressure on the existing two terminals expected to handle up to five million passengers a year, with expansion potential of up to 6.5 million passengers.
Addressing the press on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Accra, Aviation Minister Joseph Kofi Adda lamented on the Terminal 3 heavy debt which has crippled the airport company.
“The Ghana Airport Company Limited is currently distressed due to heavy debts. The Ghana Airport Company is choked with this T3 debt which it has been paying for a long time. Because of that, they have not been able to make any extra revenues to undertake other projects.”
“The government has been renegotiating it till it is good enough and so we continue to look for ways to bring it down even lower,” he further explained.
On the back of the airport’s rising debt, Kofi Adda raised concerns on the need for strategic partnerships to better the aviation sector.
“The terminal 3(T3) building and the way it was financed is really giving the airport a headache. The total debt was about $400million but they have been able to part of it and it is down to about $300million and I think they are negotiating to see how they can bring that debt down further. They have done quite well in servicing that debt consistently”
According to the sector Minister, government is committed to engaging all stakeholders and partners to come up with ideas for the improvement of the situation and make Ghana the aviation hub of the sub-region.
C/R: MAN 45 MURDERED AND DUMPED ON ROADSIDE AT MANKESSIM (Photos)
Man believed to be in his middle 40’s has been killed and dumped along roadside at Mankessim in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region.
The sad incident happened when people at the area saw the lifeless body of the deceased.
Investigation gathered by Goonlinegh.com revealed that,the deceased was not known to the people in the area so they believed he was killed elsewhere and was dragged along the roadside to the place.
some of the residents whose shop at where the deceased was dragged to said,they used to see the deceased passing by always to town but they don’t actually know where he comes from.
There was blood oozing from the deceased heard and some part of his body.
Some of the residents in an interview said,they are now living in fear and panic for seeing such incident,they said they are afraid same incidents will happen again at their area.
They are therefore calling on security protection at Mankessim.
They body of the deceased have been deposited to Saltpond Government Hospital Mortuary for Preservation and autopsy.
Meanwhile,the case has been reported to the Mankessim Police for Investigation.
No arrest has been made.
Big boost for Black Stars as Ajax Mohammed Kudus gets set to join team
Attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus is reportedly set to join the Black Stars in Cameroon after receiving green light from Dutch giants Ajax.
Ajax are happy to allow Kudus to travel to Cameroon for the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations having assessed the 21-year-old following his return from injury.
Initially, Ajax were reluctant for Kudus to join the Black Stars as they claimed he wasn’t fit to play in the difficult tournament fresh off an injury.
Kudus has not played since November when he suffered the rib injury in the crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa.
Kudus travelled for Ajax’s mid-season training in Portugal, where he seemed to have demonstrated he was ready to return to competitive action.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) had been in contact with Ajax after Milovan Rajevac decided not to give up on Kudus and added him to the 28-man final squad.
According to the reports, GFA have arranged a flight to bring Kudus to Yaounde, where the Black Stars are currently based.
Kudus’ imminent arrival is a huge boost for the Black Stars who made a rough start as they were beaten 1-0 by Morocco on Monday at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.
Kudus is now likely to feature in the crucial game against Gabon on Friday and then start on against debutants Comoros.
E/R : Baby’s Hand Rots After Medical Negligence At St. Dominic Hospital (Photos)
The right hand and forearm of a year old baby is rottening away due to alleged medical negligence by a clinician at St. Dominic Hospital in Akwatia in the Denkyembuor District in Eastern Region .
The baby boy, a twin was admitted at the facility on November 31,2021 for treatment of childhood hernia.
However according to the nursing mother, however a poorly inserted cannula by a clinician at the hospital led to swollen of the hand of the baby .
The condition worsened within few days at the hospital but urgent attention was not paid to the baby untill the condition of the boy worsened.
The baby was however discharged on December 31,2021 without the intended surgery performed neither treatment of the cannula infection which led to abscess of the hand.
Dagadu Lydia ,mother of the twins said she went back to the hospital to complain about the worsening condition of the baby but management refused to hear her .
Last week,Lydia mobilized her family members about nine of them , accompanied by a journalist stormed the hospital to meet Management of the facility but the Administrator of St.Dominic Hospital ,A Catholic Priest identified as Rev.Fr Kenneth Abban yelled at the Journalist to go out.
The Journalist however recused himself after 30 minutes standoff.
The meeting however ended inconclusive as management failed to admit medical negligence on their part.
When contacted ,Rev.Fr Kenneth Abban , administrator in Charge of St.Dominic Hospital said the injury of the baby was caused by a Juju man they sent the baby to.
However ,in swift rebuttal the nursing mother Lydia Dagadu described Rev.Fr Abban as a liar who is being disingenuous .
According to her ,the condition of the boy occured at the hospital and after a month of no treatment at the facility , invite a herbalist to access the condition while at home after discharge.
She however said ,the herbalist refused to attend to the baby because he said it was beyond his capacity.
Lydia is threatening to sell her cloths to seek justice for her baby.
The law must work for this little boy